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Easy Oven Baked Ribs

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This amazing 3-ingredient recipe for Easy Baby Back Ribs in the Oven is my favorite. I am desperately in love with this recipe. Ribs do not have to be complicated and this recipe is a perfect example of that. No matter the time of year, you can pull fall off the bone, tender ribs right from your oven. Pair with some Crockpot Mashed Potatoes and a Pea Salad and you have an amazing dinner for any night of the week.

Oven Baked Ribs

3 Main Ingredients

Can you believe it? With three ingredients and an oven later, you’ll have delicious ribs to devour. Here’s everything you’ll need to make baby back ribs in the oven:

  • Baby Back Ribs – Pork ribs to be exact! One whole rack of them! If you love tender, delectable meat, this is a recipe for you.
  • Grill Seasoning – I used McCormick Smokehouse Maple Seasoning but you can use your favorite grill seasoning! Just make sure it’s on the sweet side.
  • BBQ Sauce – Once again I used Stubbs Original BBQ Sauce but feel free to use your personal favorite. My only suggestion is to make sure the seasoning and sauce complement each other in flavor.

If you’re looking for more easy main dishes to drool over, here are some: One Month of Crockpot MealsParmesan Garlic Linguine Pasta, The Best Turkey Burger Recipe, and Baked Chicken Legs.

What Else You’ll Need

Now because we are making baby back ribs in the oven, you’ll need a different yet familiar set of supplies as opposed to grillings ribs.

  • Baking Sheet –  you’re going to want a baking sheet that is large enough to support the whole rack of ribs.
  • Basting Brush – I used a silicone brush but if you prefer a natural bristled brush feel free to use that too. I feel as though the silicon brush carries the sauce better without soaking it all up.
  • Tin Foil – this is for easy cleanup and to tent your ribs.

How to Cook Ribs in the Oven

Season your meat well, wrap in foil, bake your baby back ribs in the oven, then baste with good BBQ Sauce. Right out of the oven, you get juicy and smokey ribs just by seasoning well and finishing under the broiler or on the grill. I make ribs in the oven year-round, but they are particularly tasty in the summer. For full recipe details, take a peek at the recipe card down below!

Prepare the Ribs

Start by opening your package of baby back ribs and scoring and/or removing any tough membranes on the boney side of the ribs. I used a knife meant for filleting.

Once that’s done, rub both sides generously with some maple smokehouse grill seasoning. Any rub will do, just make sure it’s on the sweet side.

Preparing Ribs

Bake the Ribs

Now you can wrap up those ribs and bake until completely cooked through and tender. Mine was done right at 2 hours 15 minutes. More time in the oven can’t really hurt these guys…they’ll just become extra tender.

This is what they look like coming right out of the oven. Not the most appealing things in the world, but just you wait, ya’ll.

Baking Ribs in the Oven

Finish by Basting

Baste one side generously with a really good BBQ sauce and broil {or grill} well.

Then……you guessed it! Baste the other side generously and do the same thing again.

Ahhhh……RIBS. That color is gorgeous.

Basting with BBQ Sauce

Slice + Serve

Slice those babies into pieces and serve….with more BBQ sauce if that’s your thing.

Baked Ribs


Any leftover oven-baked ribs can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 5 days. 

Enjoy those leftovers on a salad, plain, on a taco, or even in a sandwich!

Side Dishes

Now that you have meaty heaven waiting to be made, consider also making one of these tasty and refreshing side dishes! Simply prepare while your ribs are in the oven.

Baby Back Ribs in Oven

Try these other meaty recipes!

Finger-lickin-good. My daughter was super hesitant to try these because let’s be honest, they’re not the most appealing things in the world. But with one bite, she was sold. And, if I recall, she ate more ribs than I did and claimed the rest for lunch.

Anyways, if you need a fab recipe for baking baby back ribs in the oven that is full of flavor and happens to be ridiculously easy, I’ve gotcha covered.

Here’s the printable. Enjoy, friends! Have a great day!

Easy Oven Baked Ribs

Easy Oven Baked Ribs….the simplest recipe and method for baking pork baby back ribs in the oven. Only 3 ingredients needed! Finger licking good!
servings 3 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins


  • 1 rack pork baby back ribs
  • 3-4 tablespoons grill seasoning such as McCormick Smokehouse Maple Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce such as Stubbs Original


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Lay ribs onto the baking sheet. Score any tough membranes closest to the bony side of the ribs. Rub generously with grill seasoning. Cover with more foil and crimp edges of the bottom piece with the top piece.
  • Bake 2-2 1/2 hours or until thoroughly cooked and tender.
  • Remove from oven and baste one side of ribs with bbq sauce. Broil 2-3 minutes or until the sauce starts to brown. Flip over, baste the other side and broil again.
  • Remove from oven, add more bbq sauce as needed, cut into pieces and serve.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 572mg | Potassium: 371mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2.4mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: Baby Back Ribs, Baby Back Ribs In Oven, Oven Baked Ribs, Ribs in the Oven

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  1. Lucy

    Just wondering if after roasting in oven, can they be finished on grill ? Id like to make these for the 4th.

  2. Shannon Brown

    5 stars
    Fool proof, PERFECT ribs EVERY TIME!! My husband and I have played around with ribs for years, and since using this recipe, have now started eating them at LEAST twice a month! I will say that 2 hr 15 min. Has been the perfect timing for us! Thank you, thank you for what can only be described as PERFECTION!!,

  3. Cynthia Birt

    5 stars
    Oh my love a duck, these turned out amazing!!! Easiest ribs around and they fall off the bone!!! Thanks Lauren xoxo family thanks you too

  4. Adam

    5 stars
    Lauren , love the name since I was younger ,remember Lauren from Ralph Lauren ? Anyways. I’ll quit buttering you up.lol I would just like to say that you made me a believer. In this oven ribs recipe, I’ve always smoked ribs and I used my own rubs and such and firmly believed oven ???? Get a rope mentality ,we don’t do that here in Texas! You changed all that ! Thanks oh yeah I mainly went by your timing and temp. Whoch was spot on and compelled me to thank you! Came out awesome ! Shhhhhh !

  5. Wendy Katz

    These sound easy and delicious.Can you use it with regular spareribs,(they seem to be on sale more)? If so what is the adjustment on the cooking time etc.Thank you

  6. Bonnie

    5 stars
    Not only are these ribs easy to prepare, they are delicious! I have made them several times. Oh, by the way–the minimal cleanup is a BIG plus as well!

  7. FlorencePS

    5 stars
    OMG! Didn’t give too much thought about this. I just happened upon your recipe(s) when I was searching for an old tried and true one that I had stored on my PC; so well, in fact that I couldn’t find it in my manic rush to find it. However, I DID happen upon your recipes and one thing led to another and I just know that this is going to be a marriage made in heaven!

    Please let me introduce myself. I am an older lady, older by terms used in this new world we now live in and am currently living in SC, USA, however, I started this journey in my late 20s in 1984, when I met my NY-born hubby and moved to Kew Gardens in Queens from Baltimore, MD. It was long distance in the beginning, meeting in one of the most unusual ways (well, for that time anyways) on CompuServe CB, a “chat” room where everything was above board and simple, and life was a lot easier, but I digress.

    So, without getting into too much detail, here I am today. Reading your blog. Loving your recipes. Admiring your lifestyle and living your life the way you want to, without apologizing for too much oil, or too much of anything. Wishing I had followed a similar path, but what is it that “They” say (the infamous “THEY”), “Life is what happens when you are making plans.” I have since had a MINI stroke shortly after moving here (SC), then a full blown stroke that I am still working on getting my thoughts gathered in a coherent fashion (how’s that working out?) 8^) I try.

    Besides the ribs, I also made your, may I say Fantastic?!!! Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler as an afterthought since I had had a can of Pumpkin in my pantry and all of the other ingredients (in my former life I worked in the food industry–being and having been a girl scout I’ve learned to be prepared, not to mention reduce, reuse, and recycle. I really had no hope for your creation when reading the part about the water on TOP of the dough, but OMG (again) it did just as you promised, sinking down into the flour mixture creating both the gooey caramel syrup below the cake, which rose just like a usual cake would. I wasn’t disappointed.

    THANK YOU, Lauren, for sharing your talent and persona with the World! I predict that you are going places that you never even dreampt you could reach!

    Ms. Flo

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  9. Hugh Hillebrand

    Around here in Texas the rib racks with the rear membrane already removed are known as St Louis ribs. It will make things easier and faster to cook.

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  11. Jean

    5 stars
    You must buy and use the McCormick Smokehouse Maple Seasoning. This is the only seasoning I have been using on my ribs for a long time. Absolutely makes the best tasting ribs. I usually grill my ribs on low and on the top on the grill. This ioven method is an excellent method for making ribs in the winter. Love this method.

  12. Alice Messina

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren,
    My husband loves baby back ribs…on the smoker. He swears it’s the only way to cook ribs. Well…it so happened that I made these for dinner one night, he was on his way home from a work trip, he was amazed at the aroma coming from the kitchen. You should have seen his face when he tried the ribs! He loved them! They were so tender and tasty. Thanks to your delicious recipe now we cook the ribs two ways, on the smoker and in the OVEN!! LOL